POSTED: Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 11:39am
UPDATED: Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 5:43pm
BELLE CHASE, LA — UPDATE: On Monday, August 27, 2012, starting at 12:00 p.m., Plaquemines Parish Officials are ordering a mandatory evacuation for the east bank of Plaquemines Parish. There will be a voluntary evacuation for the south end of Plaquemines Parish from Ironton to Venice. Tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. Belle Chasse Auditorium will be opened as a shelter. All schools are closed except Belle Chasse High School and Belle Chasse Primary School.
ORIGINAL: At 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser Declared a State of Emergency because of the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac. Officials are working with GOHSEP, the Corps of Engineers, and local area leaders to prepare for the storm.
On the eastbank parish officials are lining newly raised levees with visqueen to ensure that areas with exposed dirt are protected. On the westbank additional Hesco baskets are being added to close gaps in low lying area of Hwy 23. Also, sandbags are being added to levees which are part of the hurricane protection system in Pointe-a-la-Hache.
Later today officials will meet with the Corps of Engineers to discuss plans for the barges currently pumping water into intakes in Port Sulphur and Pointe-a-la-Hache.
Residents are urged to put a plan into place and to stay tuned to local news stations for the latest updates. Also residents can go to www.plaqueminesparish.com  or www.facebook.com/plaqueminesgovernment  for updates. Those who need transportation assistance, if the need to evacuate arises, should call (504) 274-2470 to pre-register.